Student Posters

Upcoming Deadline! Please submit your finished posters to Phil Avery by September 15, 2017.

2017 Student Poster Submissions from Cal Poly SLO:

Student Advisor Poster Topic
Kyle Aidukas Dr. Shanju Zhang Graphene Oxide Polyurethane Composite for Increased Corrosion Resistance
Jeremy Armas Dr. Ray Fernando Film Formation Studies of Reactive Latexes
Breanna Arellano Dr. Erik Sapper Inherently Antimicrobial Polymers and Coatings
Landon Burnley Dr. Erik Sapper Evolutionary Programming and Genetic Algorithms for Polymer Coating Design and Synthesis
Miranda Miao & Bianca Aleman Dr. Shanju Zhang Photo-polymerization enabled carbon nanotube composites with applications in desalination
Jefferson Norman Dr. Erik Sapper Controlling and Characterizing the Surface Morphology of Polymer Blends and Copolymers
Emily Oreste Dr. Erik Sapper Emulsion Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization for Controlled Latex Particle Synthesis
Renee Roeder Dr. Erik Sapper Predicting the Optical Properties of Polymers for Coatings Applications
Andrea Saw Dr. Shanju Zhang Applications of Structural Colors Produced by Graphene Oxide Photonic Liquid Crystals in Paint
Benjamin Stone Dr. Erik Sapper Developing Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships for Antimicrobial Polymers used in Coatings Applications

Call for Academic Posters, WCS 2017 Academic Poster Session

The Western Coatings Symposium (WCS) is seeking academic poster presentations to be considered for the 33nd Biennial WCS. Sponsored by the Arizona, Golden Gate, Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles Societies for Coatings Technology, the WCS will be held at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, on October 15-18, 2017.

The WCS Academic Poster Session is designed to encourage university students* to submit posters promoting new ideas and technologies based on preliminary or completed coatings or related materials research. All students* presenting an accepted poster will receive $200.00 and are eligible for the three Academic Poster Session monetary awards. In addition to the three monetary awards, there are four speaker slots reserved for four students to present their findings to the attendees of the WCS Symposium. Each accepted academic poster will be provided with a 36″ x 48″ display board to highlight the research project. Students will be required to be present in the exhibit hall during WCS exhibit hours for the purpose of discussing their projects with WCS attendees. Only one poster can be submitted by a given student with a maximum of two students per poster. A University can elect to set up an accepted academic poster without a student, but the University will not receive the $200 accepted poster prize or be eligible for the three academic poster competition awards.

Awards for the WCS Academic Poster Session are as follows:

  •             1st Place:     $1,200.00
  •             2nd Place:     $600.00
  •             3rd Place:     $300.00

To participate, submit a 100–200 word Academic Poster Abstract by April 17, 2017, including title of paper, University name, author name(s), and contact information. Students will be notified of acceptance by May 22, 2017.  Following acceptance, the completed posters must be submitted by September 15, 2017.

*Definition: In order to be eligible for the $200 student stipend and student registration fees, a “student” is defined as someone who is actively enrolled full time in an accredited university, college, high school, or middle school. Students must be able to show WCS a valid student identification or proof of enrolment at their stated academic institution.

Abstract Submission Process

Questions related to the WCS Academic Poster Session, please contact:

For all other questions regarding the symposium, please contact the WCS office at (714) 974-4511.

WCS 2015 Student Poster Competition

WCS 2015 Student Poster Competition Participants

1st:  $1,200

Erica Bilodeau, Cal Poly SLO – “Novel Electrochemical Investigations of Failure Modes in Aerospace Coating Systems”

2nd: $600

David Bilger, Cal Poly SLO – “Multiscale Assemblies of Conjugated Polymer-Surfactant Complexes”

3rd: $300

Akriti Agarwal, Eastern Michigan – “Re-healable Coatings Based Upon Thermally Responsive Linkages

WCS 2015 Student Poster Winners David Bilger, Erica Bilodeau and Akriti Agarwa